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6 July 2017
Crew 21, Pilot Robert Richard Mitchell – 462 Squadron RAAF

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A photo of 4 members of this crew is shown on page 218 of "To See the Dawn Again; A History of 462 Squadron, RAAF" (by Mark Lax & Leon Kane-Maguire, 2008). As yet, no original copy of this photo has been located.

 

Crew 21, 462 Squadron, Driffield, Yorkshire.

Pilot: Robert Richard MITCHELL (KIA)
Navigator: William McCORKINDALE
Wireless Operator: Robert Walter SCOTT
Original Bomb Aimer: J. F. LATIMER
Substitute Bomb Aimer, Op 2 Nov 1944: Ronald James SMITH
Flight Engineer: Albert KELLARD
Mid-Upper Gunner: Terence Liddell MAGUIRE
Rear Gunner: Albert Eric THORNTON (KIA)

Mitchell and Thornton were killed on a night Op to Düsseldorf on 2 November 1944, in Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D. The other 5 in the crew were taken as Prisoners of War, however Scott escaped very soon after capture and successfully evaded until 26 November when he met with American troops. Smith was the substitute Bomb Aimer for that Op, replacing Latimer.

Links to additional Crew information, and Crew Ops, Aircraft Loss.
Reference sources – Australian WW2 Nominal Roll; The National Archives of Australia (Service Files, Casualty Files, Loss of Aircraft File, 462 Squadron Operational Record Book); Australian War Memorial (Roll of Honour); Commonwealth War Graves Commission. See also Commemorative Panel at AWM.

 

Headstone on grave for Robert Richard Mitchell, 418452 RAAF, 462 Squadron.
Photo by John Dann, UK, © Copyright 2013.

 

Pilot

Name: Robert Richard MITCHELL
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 418452
Date of Birth: 7 December 1922
Place of Birth: Brunswick, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 22 May 1942
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Victoria
Marital Status: Single
Next of Kin: Norman Mitchell
Date of Death: 2 November 1944
Rank at Death: Pilot Officer
Posting at Death: 462 Squadron RAAF, Driffield
Prisoner of War: No
Roll of Honour: Prahran, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Panel 109, Commemorative Area,
Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Age at Death: 21
Grave reference: Joint grave VI. C. 4-5
Cemetery: Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium
Son of Norman St. John Mitchell and Gladys Maud Mitchell,
of South Yarra, Victoria

The inscription reads:
PILOT OFFICER
R. R. MITCHELL
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
2ND NOVEMBER 1944 AGE 21

LOVED SON OF NORMAN ST. JOHN
AND GLADYS MITCHELL
OF MELBOURNE
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Navigator

Name: William McCORKINDALE
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 1568425
Date of Birth: 22 March 1923
Date of Enlistment: From May 1941 *
Place of Enlistment: Edinburgh, Scotland *
Marital Status: Single
Next of Kin: Jean McCorkindale
Posting: 462 Squadron RAAF, Driffield
Prisoner of War: Yes

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers. No. 1550001 to No. 1575000 were allocated from May 1941 at Edinburgh. This batch includes William McCorkindale whose next-of-kin lived in Glasgow.
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Wireless Operator

Name: Robert Walter SCOTT
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 418184 (A310601)
Date of Birth: 7 October 1918
Place of Birth: Newport, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 25 April 1942
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Victoria
Marital Status: Single
Next of Kin: Walter Scott
Date of Discharge: 5 April 1957
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer (T)
Posting at Discharge: PHU
Prisoner of War: No (was Yes briefly, then Escapee/Evader)

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Original Bomb Aimer

Name: J. F. LATIMER (later in S/Ldr Colin Jackson's crew)
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 1551478
Date of Enlistment: From May 1941 *
Place of Enlistment: Edinburgh, Scotland *
Posting: 462 Squadron RAAF, Driffield

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers. No. 1550001 to No. 1575000 were allocated from May 1941 at Edinburgh. This batch includes J. F. Latimer.

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Substitute Bomb Aimer on the night of 2 November 1944

Name: Ronald James SMITH
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 12060
Date of Birth: 24 December 1912
Place of Birth: Goulburn, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 15 January 1940
Place of Enlistment: Richmond, NSW
Marital Status: Married
Next of Kin: Elsie Smith
Date of Discharge: 5 February 1946
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron
Prisoner of War: Yes

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Flight Engineer

Name: Albert KELLARD
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 2205580
Date of Birth: 27 March 1914
Marital Status: Single
Next of Kin: Isaac Kellard
Posting: 462 Squadron RAAF, Driffield
Prisoner of War: Yes

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Mid-Upper Gunner

Name: Terence Liddell MAGUIRE
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 430548
Date of Birth: 14 December 1923
Place of Birth: Middle Park, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 16 February 1943
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Victoria
Marital Status: Single
Next of Kin: Thomas Maguire
Date of Discharge: 31 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron
Prisoner of War: Yes

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Headstone on grave for Albert Eric Thornton, 436120 RAAF, 462 Squadron.
Photo by John Dann, UK, © Copyright 2013.

 

Rear Gunner

Name: Albert Eric THORNTON
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 436120
Date of Birth: 12 March 1923
Place of Birth: Geelong, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 11 November 1942
Place of Enlistment: Perth, Western Australia
Marital Status:
Next of Kin: Norman Thornton
Date of Death: 2 November 1944
Rank at Death: Flight Sergeant
Posting at Death: 462 Squadron RAAF, Driffield
Prisoner of War: No
Roll of Honour: Inverleigh, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Panel 109, Commemorative Area,
Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Age at Death: 21
Grave reference: Joint grave VI. C. 4-5
Cemetery: Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium
Son of Norman Leslie Thornton and Lilian Elsie Thornton,
of Inverleigh, Victoria.

The inscription reads:
436120 FLIGHT SERGEANT
A. E. THORNTON
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
2ND NOVEMBER 1944 AGE 21

A WONDERFUL NATURE
GOOD AND KIND
A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY
LEFT BEHIND
(Possible transcription error due to plants obscuring words.)

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Additional Crew Information (Information sourced from National Archives of Australia Series A11385 Loss of Aircraft File containing Air Crew Arrival Forms; PoW information from the book "Footprints on the Sands of Time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock, 2003; and also from the NAA Series A705 Casualty Files for Aussie members of this crew. As of 1 November 2014, Series A9300 and A9301 Service Files for the RAAF members of this crew had not yet been digitised, so their enlistment and training information is not available. Some details about previous postings at 466 Squadron have been sourced from "Brave and True" by Stan Parker and John McManus DFC, 2007.)

There are several errors in the Squadron ORB for this crew's names, rank and service numbers, causing some identification problems.
Mitchell – error as Mithell.
McCorkindale 1568425 – error as McCorrkindale; and error as 1688425 and 1688525.
F/Sgt R W Scott – error as Sgt.
Latimer – error as Lattimer.
A Kellard 2205580 – error as S Kellard or F Kellard; and error as 220558 and 1105580 (on Arrival Form as Albert).
T L Maguire 430548 – error as G L; also error as McGuire and McQuire and Maquire.

Robert Richard Mitchell 418452 RAAF – Pilot.
2 September 1944 – Mitchell arrived at 462 Squadron on posting from 102 Squadron, Pocklington, 4 Group. His rank was Flight Sergeant, attained on the 8 October 1943. His Type of Service was Duration of Present Emergency (DPE), and his Aircrew Category was Pilot. His next-of-kin was his father, Norman St. John Mitchell, of 7 Coolullah Avenue, South Yarra, SE1, Victoria. An additional contact person was his cousin, Mrs Noelle Stocker, 14 Lynton Mead, Totteridge, N20, London. His religion was Church of England and his Medical Category was A1B, A2B. Types of aircraft previously flown were DH82, Anson, Oxford, Wellington III and X, Halifax II and Halifax III. Although his marital status was single, a Fiancée in the UK was referred to in his Casualty File.
3 September 1944 – first Op with crew at 462 Squadron.
Mitchell was Pilot/Captain of Crew 21, for 14 Ops while posted to 462 Squadron.
2 November 1944 – last Op with crew.
Mitchell was Killed in Action on 2 November 1944.

William McCorkindale 1568425 RAF – Navigator.
2 September 1944 – McCorkindale arrived at 462 Squadron on posting from 102 Squadron, Pocklington. His rank was Sergeant, attained on the 28 January 1944. His Type of Service was DPE, and his Aircrew Category was Navigator. His next-of-kin was his mother, Mrs Jean McCorkindale, 17 Stonefield Crescent, High Blantyre, Glasgow, Scotland. His religion was Church of Scotland and his Medical Category was A1B, A3B. Types of aircraft previously flown were Anson, Wellington, Halifax II and Halifax III. He was single.
3 September 1944 – first Op with Mitchell crew at 462 Squadron.
McCorkindale was Navigator for all 14 Ops with Crew 21, Pilot/Captain Mitchell.
2 November 1944 – last Op with Mitchell crew.
McCorkindale was Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 7, PoW Number 1154.

Robert Walter Scott 418184 RAAF – Wireless Operator.
2 September 1944 – Scott arrived at 462 Squadron on posting from 102 Squadron, Pocklington. His substantive rank was Flight Sergeant, attained on the 1st October 1943. His Type of Service was DPE, and his Aircrew Category was Wireless Operator Air Gunner. His next-of-kin was his father, Walter Robert Scott, 341 Park St., South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. An additional contact person was a friend, Mr Eric Hardy, 12 Second Avenue, York, Yorkshire. His religion was Church of England. His Medical Category was not recorded. Types of aircraft previously flown were Wackett, Anson, Fairy Battle (sic, Fairey), Wellington, Halifax II and Halifax III. He was single.
3 September 1944 – first Op with Mitchell crew at 462 Squadron.
Scott was Wireless Operator for 13 Ops with Crew 21, Pilot/Captain Mitchell.
2 November 1944 – last Op with Mitchell crew.
Scott was taken Prisoner of War on the night of 3/4 November 1944, however he escaped within an hour of capture after being left alone and unrestrained in an unlocked room. He then evaded capture, with some local assistance, until 26 November 1944 when he met with American troops. He was safe in Brussels on 1 December 1944, and safe in the UK on 2 December 1944, one month to the day after the Halifax had been shot down. No PoW number is recorded, and he is not listed in Clutton-Brock's book.

J F Latimer 1551478 RAF – original Bomb Aimer for Mitchell's crew.
No Air Crew Arrival form has been located for Latimer.
2 September 1944 – assumed date of arrival at 462 Squadron on posting from 102 Squadron, Pocklington, with his Pilot Mitchell and other members of that crew.
3 September 1944 – first Op with Mitchell crew at 462 Squadron.
Latimer was Bomb Aimer for the first 13 Ops with Crew 21, Pilot/Captain Mitchell.
2 November 1944 – Latimer was replaced by Bomb Aimer Smith, so avoided being taken PoW or possibly being Killed, when that aircraft was listed as Missing.
Latimer later flew as Bomb Aimer in Crew 14 with S/Ldr Colin William Jackson, effectively swapping crews with the less fortunate Smith. Latimer also took on the temporary role of "Window" Dispenser for at least one other crew after 462 Squadron relocated to Foulsham.

Ronald James Smith 12060 RAAF – Bomb Aimer.
16 May 1944 – Smith arrived at 466 Squadron, Driffield, on posting from 1652 Heavy Conversion Unit, Marston Moor.
Smith's substantive rank was Flying Officer, attained on the 6th December 1943. His Type of Service was Aircrew General Duties, DPE, and his Aircrew Category was Air Bomber. His next-of-kin was his wife, Elsie Smith, 20 Moore Park Road, Paddington, Sydney, Australia. His religion was Church of England. His Medical Category was not recorded. Types of aircraft previously flown were Anson, Bolingbroke, Wellington IIIC, Halifax II. His marriage was on 6 June 1938.
May to August 1944 – Smith, Pilot/Captain Colin William Jackson, & Crew 122 carried out 31 Ops while posted to 466 Squadron.
20 August 1994 – Smith, F/O Colin William Jackson and Crew 122 were posted from 466 Squadron Driffield to 462 Squadron Driffield, to become Crew 14. Jackson was later promoted to Squadron Leader.
27 August 1944 – Smith's first Op at 462 Squadron with Pilot Jackson and Crew 14 in Halifax III LL600, target Homberg.
Smith also subsequently flew in Crew 22 with F/O Paul Dean Wilson; and Crew 15 with F/L Peter Hamilton Finley.
2 November 1944 – Smith replaced Latimer for night Op to Düsseldorf, his first and only Op with the Mitchell crew.
Smith was Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 3, PoW Number 8818. His Casualty File also records that he was initially taken as PoW to Dulag Luft (Durchgangslager der Luftwaffe – air force transit camp), then sent to Stalag Luft 3 in Belaria.

Albert Kellard 2205580 RAF – Flight Engineer.
2 September 1944 – assumed date of arrival at 462 Squadron, on posting from 102 Squadron, Pocklington with Mitchell and crew (date and previous posting not recorded on his arrival form).
His rank was Sergeant, attained on the 20 March 1944. His Type of Service was DPE, and his Aircrew Category was Flight Engineer. His next-of-kin was his father, Isaac Kellard, 37 Suffolk Street, Chester. An additional contact person was Florence Lagar, 26 Charter Ave, Bewsey, Warrington, Lancs. (relationship not recorded). His religion was Church of England and his Medical Category was A1B, A3B. Type of aircraft previously flown were Halifax III. He was single.
3 September 1944 – first Op with Mitchell crew at 462 Squadron.
Kellard was Flight Engineer for all 14 Ops with Crew 21, Pilot/Captain Mitchell.
2 November 1944 – last Op with Mitchell crew.
Kellard was Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 7, PoW Number 1146.

Terence Liddell Maguire 430548 RAAF – Mid-Upper Gunner.
2 September 1944 – Maguire arrived at 462 Squadron on posting from 102 Squadron, Pocklington. His rank was Flight Sergeant, attained on the 16th March 1944 (same date as Thornton). His Type of Service was DPE, and his Aircrew Category was Air Gunner. His next-of-kin was his father, Thomas Edward Maguire, 245 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park SC6, Victoria, Australia. His religion was Roman Catholic. His Medical Category was A1B, A3B. Types of aircraft previously flown were Wellington, Halifax II and Halifax III. He was single.
3 September 1944 – first Op with Mitchell crew at 462 Squadron.
Maguire was Mid-Upper Gunner for 13 Ops with Crew 21, Pilot/Captain Mitchell.
2 November 1944 – last Op with Mitchell crew.
Maguire was Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 7, PoW Number 1249.

Albert Eric Thornton 436120 RAAF – Rear Gunner.
2 September 1944, Thornton arrived at 462 Squadron on posting from Pocklington (sic, assumed to be 102 Squadron). His rank was Flight Sergeant, attained on the 16th March 1944 (same date as Maguire). His Type of Service was DPE plus 12 months, and his Aircrew Category was Air Gunner. His next-of-kin was his father, Norman Leslie Thornton, Inverleigh, Victoria, Australia. His religion was Presbyterian. His Medical Category was A1B, A3B. Types of aircraft previously flown were DH82, Oxford, Fairey Battle, Wellington, Halifax. He was single.
3 September 1944 – first Op with Mitchell crew at 462 Squadron.
Thornton was Rear Gunner for all 14 Ops with Crew 21, Pilot/Captain Mitchell.
2 November 1944 – last Op with Mitchell crew.
2 November 1944 – Thornton was Killed in Action.

In the Squadron ORB for the Op to Düsseldorf on the 2 November 1944, Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D each member of this crew was recorded as:-
Flight Sergeant R R Mitchell, Captain, 418452;
Flying Officer R J Smith, Bomb Aimer, 12060;
Sergeant W McCorkindale, Navigator, 1688425 (sic, error for 1568425);
Warrant Officer R W Scott, Wireless Operator, 418184;
Flight Sergeant A E Thornton, Rear Air Gunner, 436120;
Flight Sergeant T L Maguire, Mid-Upper Air Gunner, 430548;
Sergeant F Kellard, Flight Engineer, 2205580 (sic, error for A Kellard).

After the Pilot/Captain Flight Sergeant Robert Richard Mitchell was listed as Missing, he was granted a Commission to Pilot Officer, retrospective to 4 July 1944. Documents were then amended to show his new Rank, and he is therefore recorded as Pilot Officer at the CWGC, AWM etc. However at the time of his death, he would not have been wearing officer's clothing or brevets.

From the website for 102 (Ceylon) Squadron at Pocklington:- on 3 August 1944, just one month before their posting on to 462 Squadron, the same crew (Mitchell, McCorkindale, Latimer, Scott, Maguire, Thornton and Kellard) is listed for Halifax LW134 DY-L which overshot on landing after an Op to Forêt de Nieppe.
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Ops by Crew 21 at Driffield, Yorkshire (Information extracted from 462 Squadron RAAF Operational Record Book – Forms 541, Detail of work carried out; and Forms 540, Summary of Events).

September 1944 – 6 Ops; with the first on 3 September, the day after the crew arrived.
October 1944 – 7 Ops.
November 1944 – 1 Op, failed to return; Aircraft and crew posted as Missing.
Total Ops for this crew – 14 Ops (listed in following section).

Of the seven permanent members of the crew, four flew in each of the 14 Ops – Pilot Mitchell, Navigator McCorkindale, Flight Engineer Kellard and Rear Gunner Thornton.
Bomb Aimer Latimer flew in the first 13 Ops, but was substituted by Bomb Aimer Ronald James Smith on the last Op on 2 November 1944.
Wireless Operator Scott flew in 13 Ops, but was substituted by W/Op F/Sgt L G Moyle 423828 RAAF on 15 September 1944.
Mid-Upper Gunner Maguire flew in 13 Ops, but was substituted by Sgt E K Brown 1880387 RAF on the second-last Op on 29 October 1944.

03 September 1944 – Op 1; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III LL600 Z5-C; up at 1545 and down at 1912. Bombed primary target from 16,000 ft at 1730 hours; Photographic report – centre of photo is 2 miles E.N.E. of A/P; Landed away at Carnaby; one of 10 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on target Soesterberg; nine aircraft attacked and returned safely, and one aircraft returned early due to partly U/S controls. Attack overall successful.

09 September 1944 – Op 2; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ306 Z5-K (recorded in error as NZ306 in ORB); up at 0626 and down at 1010. Jettisoned safe from 11,000 feet at 0833 hours; Photographic report – nil; Landed away at Manston; one of 12 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on target Le Havre; 10 aircraft had the mission abandoned by the Master Bomber due to cloud over target area; and 2 aircraft had returned early owing to un-serviceability.

11 September 1944 – Op 3; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III LW440 Z5-B; up at 0605 and down at 1002. Bombed primary target from 10,000 feet at 0750 hours; Photographic report – north end A/P; one of 11 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on target Cadillac 2 (Le Havre area); nine attacked target, 2 jettisoned bombs and all returned safely.

12 September 1944 – Op 4; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III LL604 Z5-D; up at 1118 and down at 1555. Bombed primary target from 20,000 feet at 1354 hours; Photographic report not included; one of 16 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on target Gelsenkirchen-Buer; all attacked target and all returned safely; attack successful. (This aircraft was lost on 9 October 1944, pilot Black.)

13 September 1944 – Op 5; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ341; up at 1543 and down at 2046. Bombed alternative target from 17,500 feet at 1832 hours; Photographic report – S of Gelsenkirchen centre 4 miles S.E. of A/P; one of 15 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on Gelsenkirchen (Nordstern); 12 attacked target, and 3 attacked alternative targets. (MZ341 was coded as Z5-P when later in use at Foulsham. However in the ORBs for Driffield it has various Z5 codes recorded – these may be errors, or the code was later re-allocated.)

15 September 1944 – Op 6; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ306 Z5-K; up at 2234 and down at 0419. Bombed primary target from 19,000 feet at 0118 hours; Photographic report – intense incendiary track; one of 15 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on Kiel; all attacked target and returned safely. The crew's usual Wireless Operator Scott was replaced by W/Op F/Sgt L G Moyle 423828 RAAF for this Op.

15 October 1944 – Op 7; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III NA622 Z5-T; up at 0010 and down at 0556; Bombed primary target from 19,000 feet at 0327 hours; Photographic report – A/P; one of 13 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on Duisburg; 11 aircraft successfully attacked the target, 2 returned safely and one aircraft failed to return and was reported as missing (Halifax III MZ296 Z5-L Cookson and crew, including Rear Gunner Reed, all survived and returned to the Squadron).

15 October 1944 – Op 8; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ306 Z5-K; up at 1725 and down at 2147; Bombed primary target from 17,000 feet at 1949 hours; Photographic report – Cloud and incendiary tracks; one of 9 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on Wilhelmshaven; 8 aircraft attacked the target, one aircraft aborted as the rear turret was U/S, and all returned safely. (Note – Squadron ORB Form 540 Administration Part 1 Operations dated 16 October refers to squadron being "required again last evening" and the Forms 541 have all relevant pages dated 15 October, following on from the pages for the Duisburg Op in the early hours of the 15 October. This crew therefore carried out 2 Ops on the same day.)

21 October 1944 – Op 9; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D; up at 1615 and down at 1834; Bombs jettisoned in sea after recall and mission abandoned; one of 17 squadron aircraft detailed for bombing attack on Hanover, nine were cancelled before take-off, seven became airborne and the whole mission was cancelled just after set course. Following this recall, bombs from all aircraft were jettisoned in the sea, and all returned safely to base. (First Operational flight for this aircraft at 462 Squadron.)

23 October 1944 – Op 10; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D; up at 1634 and down at 2237; All bombs hung up, jettison bar and toggle tried without success at target; mission abandoned; Photographic report – Nil; one of 16 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on Essen; 11 attacked the target, 2 aircraft had bombs hung up over the target, 2 returned early – one with oil system failure and the other with No. 1 tank U/S; 15 aircraft returned safely, one failed to return and was listed as Missing (Halifax III LL599 Z5-E Nelder and crew, 6 KIA and one evader).

25 October 1944 – Op 11; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D; up at 1305 and down at 1741; Bombed primary target from 19,000 feet at 1542 hours; Photographic report – Cloud only; one of 16 squadron aircraft for another bombing attack on Essen; 15 aircraft attacked the target, one returned early owing to one unserviceable engine, and all 16 returned safely.

28 October 1944 – Op 12; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D; up at 0959 and down at 1324; Bombed primary target from 4,000 feet at 1149 hours; this aircraft received flak damage to the elevator and tail on port side; Photographic report – Centre 1800 yds S.E. of A/P; one of 13 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on Oostkapelle, Holland; all attacked the target and returned safely.

29 October 1944 – Op 13; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ370 Z5-L; up at 1014 and down at 1343; Bombed primary target from 9,000 feet at 1216 hours; Photographic report – Shows A/P; one of 15 squadron aircraft for bombing attack on Westkapelle, Holland; all attacked the target and returned safely. The crew's usual Mid-Upper Gunner Maguire was replaced by Sgt E K Brown 1880387 RAF for this Op.

02 November 1944 – Op 14; Mitchell & crew in Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D; up at 1558, Failed to Return and listed as Missing; one of 15 squadron aircraft detailed for a night bombing attack on Düsseldorf. Thirteen aircraft attacked the target and returned safely but two aircraft failed to return (Mitchell and crew, and also Halifax III LL610 Z5-U Jubb and crew. Jubb was an evader and the other 6 of his crew became PoWs.) The bombing was very successful and concentrated. Enemy night fighters were reported by several crews and combats were seen to take place on the first leg out of the target. The crew's usual Bomb Aimer Latimer was replaced by Ronald James Smith for this Op.
Pilot Mitchell and R/AG Thornton were both Killed in Action, and the remainder of the crew were PoWs and/or Evader.
(Further details on this Op will be included in the following section.)

From the ORBs – after its arrival, Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D had only been flown on 5 Ops, and all by Mitchell and crew.
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Aircraft Loss

Halifax III MZ401 Z5-D – Failed to Return from a night Op to Düsseldorf on 2 November 1944 and listed as Missing.
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